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Comment Re:Why is this story worthy? (Score 3, Interesting) 106

I do not see anybody 'down in the trenches' just out of the blue or love for the job decided to do it single-handed. I would be surprised any of the softies there realized this is very illegal. Ethically perhaps they may have doubts quickly resolved by their bosses.

I'd expect that in big corporation, like VW, the programmers are just gears in the machine. I am one for sure. They were told to improve test results and performance results. Sbdy (likely team+1/2 levels of mgnt) there decided to optimize these two cases separately hence detecting each use case. They even consulted this with VW legal team and upper mngmnt, got approval and went ahead. Than they all collected the bonuses.

If there is not written evidence for all of these then their document retention policies are "well tuned" albeit since they must be ISO9xxx certified they must have something left in the decision chain. Hence Schmidt was charged with conspiring to fraud, evidence must exist he knowingly allowed it as he's not charged with negligence of duties of sorts (AINAL).

Comment Re:If the Founding Fathers wanted a popular vote . (Score 1) 1430

>> system to temper waves of populism but still represent the will of the majority of the people
A contradiction? How purposeful ignoring "popular vote" represents the will of majority of the people?
I think this is in fact a down side of electorate system, rather a sacrifice to maintain "republic of states".

Comment identity verification kiosks? (Score 1) 57

To avoid all identity theft problems we need to do away with all on line, give me this or that bit of your public life to verify it's you.

All these require some form of physical presents.

One solution would be local 'kiosks' to issue a digitally signed certificates, for specific reason, after physical verification of identity. Technology exists, (chain of trust or whatever they use for digital currency). Services paid by whoever requested this verification. In a way it would be a kin Public Notary service in 21 century.

Yes it would be less convenient, but so much safer. Probably a problem for all living out in da boonies...

There are activities that do not accept on-line verification, some I can think of:
1) DMV/ID
2) INS
3) DOS/Passports
4) Hospitals/Doctors
5) Home appraisal (requires physical inspection by certified agent)
6) Public Notary

If we made all CC etc. be by statue responsible for all damages caused be identity fraud, they would have come with solution. Now, they just do not care.

Comment well filtered DC? (Score 3, Informative) 280

DC filtered from what if there are no inverters?

With small tiles that's a lot of wires even if several panels are connected in series.
There are other benefits of micro-inverters, such as maximizing power generation per-panel and panel health monitoring.

Besides to make a "quiet" powerful inverter it takes a lot of capacitance that is localized in single device. Costly repair?

There are compromises both ways.

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